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The Greeks and the Latins

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The Greeks and the Latins

As Newman observes here, the doctrine known as Original Sin is not mentioned in the New Testament, and the version we get from St Augustine (or Austin, as Newman has it in the old fashion) is not quite what the Orthodox hold. For a well-informed contemporary discussion, showing how close the Latin and Greek views are, this post at Fr Aidan Kimel's Eclectic Orthodoxy is recommended.

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The new Eve

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The new Eve

In the second of our extracts from newman's response to Pusey, he draws the parallel with Eve and explains how that leads the Church towards the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Tomorrow's post will explain that more fully.

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Original Sin

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Original Sin

The fact that we are 'impicated' in some great 'catastrophe' seemed clear to Newman - as it is to any Christian with access to a mirror.

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Logical sequence

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Logical sequence

The doctrines of the Church proceed logically from its founding on the faith of St Peter and the commission given to him and his successors.

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Assimilative Power

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Assimilative Power

Christianity was able to assimilate into itself those glimpses of the Divine which were to be found in other religions, without losing anything of its own integrity.

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Preservation of Type

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Preservation of Type

The first test of the genuineness of any development is whether it is true to type. The oak tree grows from the acorn, but if you plant an acorn and you end up with a weeping willow, the acorn has died.

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Faith and private judgment

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Faith and private judgment

Then, as now, a want of faith, not just in the sense of not believing in the Church, bit not believing in its possibility, was the main obstacle to belief. We pray that the Spirit comes.

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